After finishing third in each of the Salmon Slam’s opening three rounds, Great Southern fisher Josh Woods has finally claimed top honours in the three-month fishing comp’s latest phase. Continue reading “Bremer Bay angler Woodsy not joshing about in Salmon Slam’s fifth phase”
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New trout monitoring app to help shape the future of South West freshwater fishing
Calling all passionate freshwater anglers! Here’s an opportunity to play a role in shaping the future of the South West’s freshwater fishery. Continue reading “New trout monitoring app to help shape the future of South West freshwater fishing”
Scott’s Species – redfin perch, a lovely-tasting fish albeit a pest
I am not ashamed to say I love redfin perch, writes Western Angler editor Scott Coghlan in the latest edition of Scott’s Species.
Continue reading “Scott’s Species – redfin perch, a lovely-tasting fish albeit a pest”
The start of a stocking program that could take marron fishing to the next level
Great-tasting and awesome to catch — it’s safe to say marron are a South West icon and favourite species among many WA fishers.
That’s why Recfishwest was pleased to be involved in kicking-off an important stocking program at the weekend, which will see 300,000 marron released into South West freshwater waterways over the next three years.
Recfishwest joined Jordan Parker and Scott Bell from Solair Group to release 2,300 marron into Logue Brook Dam, near Harvey.
“That felt like a lot of marron, but it’s less than one per cent of what’s going to be stocked in the next three years,” Recfishwest CEO Dr Andrew Rowland said.
WATCH: How’s this fantastic footage from the weekend’s marron release!?
Backed by the Recreational Fishing Initiatives Fund (RFIF) and announced by Premier Mark McGowan, Dr Rowland said it was great to get the pointy end of this marron stocking project underway with the first of the one-year-old marron going in the water.
“These marron have been bred at Solair Group’s Capel-based hatchery and were nurtured through the vulnerable stages of their life to maximise post-release survival,” he said.
“So, when will you be able to catch these marron? They will be legal size by next marron season.”
Safeguarding against changing environment
An important part of this three-year program will involve scientific monitoring to determine its effectiveness with the objective of future-proofing this fishery from environmental change.
Marron are endemic to WA’s South West and provide terrific fishing experiences for the 10,000 fishers who hold marron fishing licences.
However, Dr Rowland said declining annual rainfall and reduced stream flows are placing marron populations under pressure.
“South West dams such as Harvey, Glen Mervyn, Waroona and Logue Brook will play an increasingly important role in supporting good marron catches,” he said.
“While we can’t change the weather, we can support healthy population abundances through programs like this, in turn making fishing better.”
Making fishing better
Most importantly, Dr Rowland said the stocking program was designed to enhance the fishery and was exactly the sort of initiative Recfishwest want to see fishing licence money spent on.
“We want to ensure fishers will continue to be able to explore the South West and continue to catch marron for many, many more years to come,” he said.
“The weekend’s marron release was a great start and a major step towards Recfishwest’s vision of expanding the current month-long season towards year-round marron fishing.”
Canal Rocks boat ramp upgrade launch-ready by ‘end of January’
UPDATE, as at 9 February, 2021: Construction halted from Christmas to mid-January to allow for the existing boating facilities to be used during the peak period. Construction resumed in mid-January, with the ramp set to be opened in April, 2021.
In welcome news for South West recfishers, the upgraded Canal Rocks boat ramp and jetty near Yallingup will be ‘launch-ready’ by the end of January, according to a joint media release from Environment Minister Stephen Dawson and Transport Minister Rita Saffioti. Continue reading “Canal Rocks boat ramp upgrade launch-ready by ‘end of January’”
Spring into freshwater fishing action
It’s that time of the year again and many WA fishers are bursting with excitement to whet their freshwater fishing appetite and wet a line.
Scott’s Spots – Waroona and Harvey, two tranquil settings
As we approach the start of spring, Western Angler editor Scott Coghlan explores some of the Peel and South West regions’ quality freshwater fishing locations in this week’s edition of Scott’s Spots. From Waroona to Harvey, there are many terrific spots to catch trout just off the South Western Highway. Continue reading “Scott’s Spots – Waroona and Harvey, two tranquil settings”
People power wins out for new South West boat ramp
In a big win for the South West boat fishing community, the State Government has released a tender to build a new boat ramp and jetty at Canal Rocks, near Yallingup. Continue reading “People power wins out for new South West boat ramp”
New fishing platform for Bunbury fishers sets standard for more land-based fishing access across the State
Bunbury recfishers are celebrating a long-awaited victory after the newly refurbished Bunbury Service Jetty was officially opened for public fishing today.
Continue reading “New fishing platform for Bunbury fishers sets standard for more land-based fishing access across the State”
Angel ring used in Sugar Loaf Rock rescue
Angel rings are an important component of Recfishwest’s State-wide Safe Fishing Program and they save lives. Continue reading “Angel ring used in Sugar Loaf Rock rescue”